April 9, 1951 – October 7, 2018
We are deeply saddened at the loss of Lorne Paul Wasylishen. Lorne was born in Tofield, AB on April 9, 1951 to Paul and Esther Wasylishen. He was pre-deceased by his father Paul, in 1977, and sister Barbara Garneau, in 2010. Left to mourn are his brother Tyler, nephews Quin and Jon, and niece Kathryn.
Lorne was raised on a farm north-east of Vermillion, AB with the family moving into town in the 1960’s. He played football in school and was the goalie for the 1967 (Centennial) Vermillion Midget Championship.
After graduation, Lorne hired on to CNR in Edmonton, as a signalman assistant. Later he moved to Jasper, AB and went to Engineer school in Gimli, Man. He worked in Jasper for 10 years. Lorne eventually moved to Smithers, BC and has been in the Bulkley Valley for over 40 years. During that time, he enjoyed skiing and having get-togethers at his cabin on Hudson Bay Mountain. He also loved golfing, fishing, biking, camping at Kispiox and being part of the community. Over the years he travelled to many countries in the world; had many adventures and stories to tell.
From a young age, Lorne was interested in collectibles and old family antique furniture. He spent much time doing research on his Aladdin Wabash home in town. In recent years, he took a great interest in collecting pocket watches and especially Grand Trunk Pacific Railway ones. Lorne had a vast collection of watches and cases that gave him many hours of enjoyment.
Recently, his health had limited his ability to do the many things he loved.
He will be missed by his many friends and family. Lorne passed away on Oct. 7, 2018.
A celebration of his life will be held in the spring in Smithers, BC, with the date to be announced later.
Condolences may be mailed to PO Box 3494, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0.
Donations in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.